Chelsea avenge FA Cup final loss vs Leicester, keep CL qualification in their own hands

Antonio Rudiger gave Chelsea the lead after restart before Jorginho extended the lead through a penalty, Kelechi Iheanacho pulled one back for Leicester.

Chelsea beat Leicester 2-1 at home on Tuesday; Credit: Twitter/@tsilva3

Chelsea avenged FA Cup final loss to Leicester City with a 2-1 home win on Tuesday to Lift themselves to third spot ahead of Leicester in the Premier League. Antonio Rudiger gave Chelsea the lead two minutes into the second half before Jorginho extended the lead through a penalty. Kelechi Iheanacho pulled one back for the visitors. Fifth placed Liverpool could replace Leicester at fourth if they win at Burnley as they have a better goal difference. Brendan Rodgers’ side’s top-four dreams are now not in their own hands.

Antonio Rudiger bundled the ball in from a corner in the 47th minute. Ben Chilwell’s in-swinging corner from the right wing hit a Leicester player. Rudiger then touched it in with his thigh to make it 1-0 for Chelsea.

Five minutes after the hour mark Wesley Fofana fouled Timo Werner from behind just inside the penalty box. Initially given a free-kick, the Blues were awarded a penalty after the VAR check.

Jorginho stepped up and calmly slotted the ball into the net.

Two Nigerian’s combined to pull one back for Leicester in the 76th minute. Wifred Ndidi’s pass picked up Iheancaho inside the penalty area and the 24-year old striker’s first time attempt went past Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy’s extended left hand into the bottom corner. It was his 19th goal of the season in all competitions.

Champions League finalist’s Chelsea were the dominant side throughout the game in front of 8000 odd spectators.

They could have easily got more goals if not for the VAR intervention and off side. Timo Werner was twice denied a goal in the first half, one for hand ball and the other for off side.

Chelsea see off late surge

Leicester could have got an unlikely equalizer towards the end of regulation time. But Ayoze Perez fluffed what was a golden opportunity inside the penalty area.

Ricardo’s low cross from the right flank was fired over the crossbar by an unmarked Perez.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are now just three points ahead of fifth placed Liverpool who have a game in hand. The Foxes will host Tottenham in their last match of the season on May 23.

Chelsea’s Champions League dreams are now in their own hand. Thomas Tuchel’s side can seal their Champions League qualification with a victory at Aston Villa in their final game of the league campaign.

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